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Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurologist, Best Animal Vet Neurologist, Steve Lane

Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology
3550 South Inca Street
Englewood, CO 80110

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September 25, 2014 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

This is little Poppy. She has seen several specialists at the VRCC for a multitude of congenital abnormalities. She has difficulty walking and her newest venture is to learn how to walk better with the use of this tiny para cart. She has been using it for a week now, and is starting to get the hang of it.


September 24, 2014 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Julie Hill has been a long time client of the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado. Julie was first seen in 2002. Julie has presented 5 of her dogs to the VRCC for specialized care since that time. During this time period, Ms. Hill was approached by the ophthalmology and neurology staff of the VRCC to adopt a miniature pincher from an owner who had provided care to allow for comfort and quality of life. This included specialized spinal imaging (MRI) and spinal surgery to return his dog to an ambulatory, happy and pain free status. After developing insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, cataracts and secondary glaucoma, the owner has to consider humane euthanasia. When approached regarding adopting this lovely dog, Ms. Hill immediately adopted the miniature pincher and provided the financial, emotional and physical support to ensure a complete recovery and ongoing therapy.

Julie Hills story at the VRCC did not stop there.

Julie Hill presented “Shayla” to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology for assessment and direction. As background, “Shayla” was rescued from a puppy mill unable to stand or walk with her hind limbs at 4 months of age. Not long after, Julie volunteered to foster Shayla. We have come to know that Julie has a larger heart than we knew, especially for dogs with special needs. Julie believes all animals deserve a chance for a normal life, just like people with disabilities. Julie informed her husband Jeff that Shayla was just a “foster” and as soon as she recovered, Julie would find her a loving home. Little did Jeff know. Or maybe not.

Julie presented Shayla to Dr. Lane of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology immediately after bringing her home. Based upon Dr. Lane’s examination, Shayla was suffering from a lower motor neuron disorder to her pelvic limbs. This meant that she did not have nerve innervation to allow for stimulation and movement of the muscles of either pelvic limb. This resulted in the inability to move either pelvic limb and she had lost an incredible amount of muscle mass in her hind limbs. Because of her age and unknown history, it was never determined what caused the problem, whether it was a congenital based problem or if she had sustained trauma during birth or in the post-natal period.

Regardless, Shayla was a happy, energetic and pain free dog. She was also lucky to have an incredibly determined “foster” mother who was prepared to provide all that was necessary to help her build up muscle mass and learn how to use her hind limbs. Shayla was introduced into para cart immediately after presentation to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. In addition, Julie performed hydrotherapy, massage, stretching and range of motion exercises multiple times a day. Shayla responded with a positive attitude and endless energy. Julie had truly found her match.

Shayla has returned to the Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology on two occasions for measurement and cart adjustments to her para cart, as she continues to grow. With Julie and Shayla’s bond and continued efforts, Shayla developed increased muscle mass and increased flexibility and movement of her hind limbs. Shayla was now a fixture in the Hill household. She would not be removed after becoming the anniversary present for Jeff!

Shayla continues to exude love to a caring family who continues to give back. She uses the para cart and is now able to stand and take a couple of unaided steps. Her warm, affectionate and outgoing spirit dominates at all times. She is normal in her mind! This has led to the development of an amazing bond between Shayla, Julie and Jeff. The option for Shayla to be given to another loving home was never an option. Julie has seen to that!


Watch the news story about a Great Pyrenees name Shenandoah who is a service dog to Connie. Shenandoah has progressive weakness in her hind end making it difficult for her to walk long distances and has decreased the activity she and Connie can do together. Dr. Lane and Connie decided that a cart would be helpful. The cart was donated by Doggon’ Wheels.

Aired on January 25, 2013 on Fox 31 News:

FOX31 NEWS@NINE – Dog Gets Fitted for Wheelchair Cart at RMVN

:: Archived at Englewood Herald Website

:: Archived at Thornton Sentinel Website

:: Archived at Colorado Community Media, page 24


February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Gweni Gregory is an 11 year-old Corgi who started coming to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in April 2010 with the complaint of hind limb dysfunction over the previous year. Dr. Lane diagnosed her with degenerative myelopathy and recommended a regular exercise program and a Para cart to aid in exercise and quality of life. Gweni’s parents decided to get her the Para cart before she really needed it so that she would have plenty of time to get used to and figure out how to use it.

Early in her disease she didn’t need to use it very often but as the months progressed she has started using it on a more regular basis. Her parents believe that starting use of the cart before she really needed it was beneficial in her training. She can now go just about anywhere or over any surface she wants with little difficulty.  Gweni also received the purple colored Para cart, as the simple grey was just not stylish enough for her!


February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Nagaia Speakman is a 14 year-old retriever-mix that began seeing Dr. lane in October of 2009. Dr. Lane diagnosed Nagaia with an age related degenerative myelopathy and a polyneuropathy. Nagaia’s dysfunction is progressing very slowly and in September 2010 at a recheck her owners reported that occasionally her hind limbs would slip out from underneath her. Nagaia also was not able to go on as long of walks as she used to. Dr. Lane’s recommendation was to continue with a regular exercise program to help keep her walking for as long as possible. This could only be done with the use of a Para cart and hydrotherapy. Nagaia adjusted to her para cart quickly and started being able to go on longer walks with her housemate again. Quality of life has remained.


February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Odie Paul presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in April of 2009. Odie was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. At that time Odie was just scuffing his hind feet as he walked but was still able to walk without difficulty.

Odie experienced progressive pelvic limb dysfunction and started to fall on walks after getting his rear legs tangled up. The owners borrowed a Para cart from RMVN to aid in Odie’s walks. Odie loved the cart even though it didn’t fit very well. Odie was more active and going faster than he’s gone in a long time. He seemed to be having much more fun. The owners ordered Odie his own cart.

These pictures are of Odie outfitted in his specialized new cart. The owners are very excited to be able to start going on more walks and further distances in the future with his new wheels.





February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Emma is a 13-year-old DSH cat that came to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in September of 2011. Emma experienced sudden onset of inability to walk on all limbs (tetraparesis). Emma could move her back legs but was unable to stand or walk on her own. Following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of her cervical (neck) spinal cord it was determined that Emma had suffered a stroke in her cervical spinal cord. This is the result of blockage of a blood vessel feeding the spinal cord.

Emma remained hospitalized under Dr. Lane’s care for close to a week. The staff of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology performed physical therapy, passive range of motion and massage on her frequently throughout the day. When Emma began pushing herself around, she was placed in a tetra cart to help with her rehabilitation. Almost immediately Emma was trying to walk. She was able to push off with her hind limbs and propel herself forward. Three weeks after her injury Emma was walking without the use of the quad cart. She is still very weak, but continues to improve.

Emma demonstrated a great personality during her stay. She is one of the only cats to tolerate the tetra cart. She allowed the staff to do anything necessary without complaint. Emma was also very talkative despite the infarction making her voice soft and weak. Emma would “mouth” a meow without audible noise when spoken to. Emma is destined to enjoy a lifetime walking and talking.




Tater enjoys a walk in the sun. After initial reluctance to walk during his recovery from a bacterial infection in his right rear leg, Tater was placed into a tetra cart to aid in his rehabilitation. Because of the size of Tater, this allowed for a quicker recovery and discharge from the hospital. Tater is now home and walking with his mom.


Dylan appears to have difficulty with imitation grass. Actually, Dylan is experiencing the benefit of the tetra cart during the initial stages of his recovery from spinal surgery. Dylan presented unable to walk on all limbs due to two levels of compression on his spinal cord. Following surgery, Dylan was reluctant to attempt to stand and walk. We are happy to report that Dylan is now ambulating without the need of assistance.


Leia, a Yellow Labrador, lost her ability to stand and walk on all 4 legs due to a spinal cord problem in her neck. Dr. Lane utilized magnetic resonance imaging of her neck (cervical spine) to diagnose Leia’s problem, a spinal tumor. Spinal Tumor Resection was performed to remove as much of the tumor as possible. A week following surgery she was placed into a quad wheelchair offered as a loaner by Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology.  Leia was so weak she had initial difficulty holding her head up for more than a couple minutes. Because of this case, Doggon’ Wheels will add chin rests on future quad wheelchairs.

Each day Leia gained strength in all four of her legs. Her mom took the quad wheelchair home to help in her recovery. Leia only needed the wheelchair for a little over a week, as she improved quickly, no longer needing the extra support to walk. Leia’s recovery demonstrates how valuable wheelchair carts can be in the rehabilitation process.


“Dirty Boy,” a Pekingese, came to see Dr. Lane because he was paralyzed in his hind limbs after getting into a scuffle with a big dog. Only time, physical therapy, a lot of patience and help from his dad, helped Dirty Boy learn how to walk again. Dirty Boy is using a rear support cart, provided as a loaner by Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology while he regains his ability to move his hind limbs and walk again. Dirty Boy has a long road to recovery, but is making progress and enjoying life to the greatest extent possible.


Chopper, a Yellow Labrador Retriever came to see Dr. Lane because he was weak in his hind limbs. Diagnosed with a bone tumor in his right hind leg, surgery was not an option. As Chopper’s walks became shorter, his mom wondered what else she could do to help him. Hesitantly, Chopper’s mom decided to try a rear support cart provided by Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. She was nervous that he might not like the cart and even if he did, her concern was how much benefit would it really bring him and for how long? The expense of the wheelchair cart was also a factor that was considered. Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology provided Chopper with a loaner cart. Chopper’s mom quickly noticed a change. Chopper was able to go on long walks again, his tail was wagging more and he was able to play with other dogs at the park. Chopper is now walking at least 1 mile each day. The quality of life this cart provides is evident.


Scooby, a Labrador retriever became a patient of Dr. Lane after losing complete function of his hind limbs. Scooby required decompressive spinal surgery. Scooby’s recovery was long and difficult. Aiding in the recovery process, Scooby used a loaner rear support cart offered by Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology as a part of his rehabilitation process. At first the chair was supporting all of his weight as he drug his hind limbs behind him. Over time he started to move his hind limbs and his parents were able to adjust the chair to make him support more of his weight. Scooby continued to progress and gain more strength and ability to move his hind legs appropriately. He is now able to walk on his own without use of the chair.

Without the use of the wheelchair cart, Scooby would have experienced a slower recovery. His parents, who both work, were also pleased with the freedom the wheelchair gave Scooby and themselves during his recovery.


Spunky presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology on April 27, 2009. At nearly 9 years of age, Spunky has remained an outgoing and very friendly German Shepard dog. Spunky appreciated a 12-month history of progressive pelvic-limb scuffing, weakness and wobbliness. Despite remaining pain free, this energetic companion was unable to experience long walks with his mother.

Diagnosed with a progressive spinal cord condition by Dr. Lane, Spunky underwent magnetic resonance imaging and cerebrospinal fluid analysis to determine the cause. Spunky has been diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. This is a genetic, pre-programmed spinal cord degeneration for which there is no cure. Regular activity and exercise has been shown to represent the single most important deterrent for rapid progression of this disease. Because of Spunky’s size, this has been a barrier his owner has not been able to overcome. Hydrotherapy is not an option as Spunky is afraid of water.

To help improve the quality of Spunky’s life, a rear support cart has been introduced and provided by Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. His mother mirrors the happiness displayed on his face. Spunky will now be able to go for long walks without the need for support by his mother. Try and keep up, mom!


Maggie has provided great joy to all that encounter her smile. As her rear legs began to fail, her mother did not hesitate when a rear leg para wheelchair cart was suggested. After a quick fitting, Maggie peeled rubber out of the hospital. She was last seem motoring through the local dog park with her mother fast on her “wheels”.


Daisy, a Rottweiler came to see Dr. Lane after losing the use her hind limbs. Daisy experienced a compressive spinal cord injury from a ruptured intervertebral disc. Following spinal surgery to remove the spinal cord compression, Daisy quickly evidenced the need for greater support when walking, due to her size. Daisy used a rear support cart while hospitalized. To help with her recovery, Daisy used a loaner rear support cart offered by Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology as a part of her rehabilitation process. Daisy, a very happy and social Rottweiler, received the added benefit of freedom to get out of her cage and meet other dogs and humans during recovery. She knew when it was time to go for a walk and would drag herself to the front of the cage when it was time to go for a stroll in her cart.


Walter is an insulin dependent diabetic who experienced progressive spinal cord dysfunction resulting in the inability to walk on all limbs after suffering a ruptured disc in his neck. Walter underwent successful spinal cord surgery. Because of his size, it was difficult to help Walter stand and attempt to walk. His recovery was aided by the use of a tetracart. We all loved watching Walter move about in his new cart! : )


“Chaucer” Keene – Basset Hound

Chaucer is an elderly Basset statesman sporting his shiny new wheels. Chaucer re-presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology because of declining spinal cord function over the past year. Chaucer had undergone successful decompressive surgery in 2006 with return to a walking status, after suffering a ruptured intervertebral disc extrusion and paralysis. Further testing and surgery is not possible for Chaucer’s owners at this time. To improve Chaucer’s quality of life, a para cart was recommended. With a proud look, Chaucer poses in his new para cart. “OK dad, enough of the pics, lets start walkin!”

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